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Dick Clark

Dead at 82

'Massive Heart Attack'

4/18/2012 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dick Clark has died.
Dick Clark
-- famed TV producer and "New Year's Rockin' Eve" host -- died from a massive heart attack this morning ... TMZ has learned.

Clark's rep tells TMZ, the TV icon had been in St. John's hospital in L.A. after undergoing an outpatient procedure last night. Clark suffered the "massive" heart attack following the procedure. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Clark was 82.


Clark's health had been on the decline since he suffered a significant stroke in 2004 -- forcing him to retire from his hosting gig at "New Year's Rockin' Eve," which he created in 1972. Ryan Seacrest took over in 2006. Dick has appeared on the show sporadically ever since. His final appearance was in 2011.

Months before suffering a stroke, Clark told Larry King he also suffered from Type 2 diabetes.

Clark got his first big break in 1956, hosting what was called "Bob Horn's Bandstand" ... what would later be renamed "American Bandstand." Clark continued to host and produce "American Bandstand" until 1989.

Dick hosted Miss USA from 1989-1993 -- and Miss Universe 1990-1993.

In addition, Clark also hosted a bunch of game shows -- like "Pyramid," "Scattergories," "The Challengers," and many more.

Clark had been inducted into practically every hall of fame on the planet -- including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

Clark had also received a total of 5 Emmy Awards for his work, as well as a Peabody Award. One Emmy was a lifetime achievement award.

Clark was married 3 times -- and has 3 children from his first two marriages. He is survived by his current wife Kari Wigton.

"For now, Dick Clark ... so long."

5:20 PM PT: Dick Clark's rep tells TMZ, there will be NO public funeral. In lieu of flowers, Dick's family asks that donations be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation based in Miami.

Ryan Seacrest
just tweeted, writing, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life."

Donny Osmond tells us, "The industry lost a legend today, but I feel like I've lost a very close friend. Dick was a mentor to me."

The President of Miss Universe Paula Shugart -- who started working for Dick Clark Productions in 1985 -- tells TMZ, Dick "gave me my first break in TV. His death is hitting all of us hard."

The Internet's EXPLODING with reactions from celebrities -- click here for live updates.



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Don Martin    

One of the absolute greatest guys you could ever hope to meet. In the past decade Dick was known for his New Years Eve production, but many do not realize that literally scores of artists would have never made it in the music business without the efforts of Dick Clark. Several are well known names that have recorded world wide top hits over the years. In the 60s Dick used to have his own road show and would take up and coming groups all over the country to perform. What a class act and another of the few with no other to fill those shoes. Dick Clark will be missed.

881 days ago


Dick looked oompah loompah orange on ABC's Rockin' Eve.

881 days ago


This guy is being praised left and right and he was a tyrant like Michael Landon. Get it right people, this guy was a grade A A$$h0le.

881 days ago


R.I.P. Dick, we will miss you every New Years Eve!

881 days ago

Tracy Lalonde    

aww :( I always watched him on American Bandstand in the 70s and then on New Years Eve. Somehow I thought he still had more years in him. R.I.P. Dick. My sympathies to his family and friends. '(

881 days ago


RIP Dick you will be missed dearly:(

881 days ago


He was one hell of a Dick

881 days ago


a true radio and tv pioneer...

881 days ago


so many generations of happiness. That is what he hosted.

881 days ago


If Dick Clark ain't getting out of this alive, then none of us are!!!

881 days ago

Porcelain Cougar    

Dick Clark you were super cool, we all miss you!

881 days ago


Never heard a bad thing about Mr. Clark. He was always professional and kind and will be missed. Maybe one day we will see him doing the New Years show via hologragh.

881 days ago


I enjoyed Bandstand for many years back in the 70's. I even used to enjoy $20,000 pyramid once in a while. Dick Clark will be missed, he was one of the greats and seemed like a very nice man.

881 days ago

Michele Hjort    

Rest in peace. Thanks for all the good times. Thoughts and prayers to his friends and family. The world has lost another very special person.

881 days ago


Another "cultural" icon gone!!! Who would have thought that both he and Don Cornelius would die within a few months of each other. Dick Clark was a "CLASS ACT"!!! May he rest in peace!!!

881 days ago
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